WWW Wednesday at coffee and ink #16


Sam at Taking on a World of Words is the host of WWW Wednesday.  To participate, all you have to do is answer the three W questions and post in the comments section at Sam’s blog:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am reading “A Murderous Malady” which I received from NetGalley.


It’s good, but nothing to rave about yet.


What did you recently finish reading?

13 moons


From GoodReads: “At the age of twelve, an orphan named Will Cooper is given a horse, a key, and a map and is sent on a journey through the uncharted wilderness of the Cherokee Nation. Will is a bound boy, obliged to run a remote Indian trading post. As he fulfills his lonesome duty, Will finds a father in Bear, a Cherokee chief, and is adopted by him and his people, developing relationships that ultimately forge Will’s character. All the while, his love of Claire, the enigmatic and captivating charge of volatile and powerful Featherstone, will forever rule Will’s heart. In a voice filled with both humor and yearning, Will tells of a lifelong search for home, the hunger for fortune and adventure, the rebuilding of a trampled culture, and above all an enduring pursuit of passion.”

I’m in love with this man’s writing–whole paragraphs I just want to put into frames and gaze at again and again. I’m a third of the way through and returning to both the story and the writing each time is pure joy. The book is a fictional memoir so the narrative runs a little ahead, drops back to the present, runs ahead again–truly masterfully done.

edit: So sad when it ended, so I’m going to finally move Cold Mountain a little closer to the top of the TBR list 🙂

and also…

devils company

From GoodReads “The year is 1722. Ruffian for hire, ex-boxer, and master of disguise, Weaver finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, pitted against Jerome Cobb, a wealthy and mysterious schemer who needs Weaver’s strength and guile for his own treacherous plans.

Weaver is blackmailed into stealing documents from England’s most heavily guarded estate, the headquarters of the ruthless British East India Company, but the theft of corporate secrets is only the first move in a daring conspiracy within the eighteenth century’s most powerful corporation. To save his friends and family from Cobb’s reach, Weaver must infiltrate the Company, navigate its warring factions, and uncover a secret plot of corporate rivals, foreign spies, and government operatives. With millions of pounds and the security of the nation at stake, Weaver will find himself in a labyrinth of hidden agendas, daring enemies, and unexpected allies.

With the explosive action and scrupulous period research that are David Liss’s trademarks, The Devil’s Company, depicting the birth of the modern corporation, is the most impressive achievement yet from an author who continues to set ever higher standards for historical suspense.”


You know how it is, so many books, so little time–Book Bub, Good Reads deals, NetGalley, library books and groaning bookshelves, all competing for my precious reading time. This is the third book in this historical mystery series set in 18th century London and what I was reading when Thirteen Moons came along. David Liss’s writing and research is top-notch, and I’m near the end. It’s a great, twisty plot, and I’m looking forward to finishing it when the Frazier book is done…

edit: I am so close to finishing this book, about 10 more pages, so I’ll likely finish before this posts. So far I love how Weaver is wrapping everything up and getting himself and his friends out of the hands of the evil East India Company and its minions. Very well done–I’ve got the first in the series, A Conspiracy of Paper, so that’s moved up on my TBR list.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a list of books to review for both the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and NetGalley, and I’m not sure where I’m going to start. I just received a hard copy of A Hangman for Ghosts for the HFVBT and that’s the one I’ve really been looking forward to the most, so maybe I’ll start there.


From Good Reads:

“Gabriel Carver, the convict hangman of Sydney Prison, knows that none of his kind may depart Australia’s penal colony without the system’s leave. Then three people are murdered, seemingly to protect the “Rats’ Line,” an illicit path to freedom that exists only in the fevered imaginations of transported felons. But why kill to protect something that doesn’t exist?

When an innocent woman from Carver’s past is charged with one of the murders and faces execution at his hands, she threatens to reveal an incriminating secret of his own unless he helps her. So Carver must try to unmask the killer among the convicts, soldiers, sailors, and fallen women roaming 1829 Sydney. If he can find the murderer, he may discover who is defying the system under its very nose. His search will take him back to the scene of his ruin—to London and a past he can never remake nor ever escape, not even at the edge of the world.”

I’ve also got two library books that need to go back by the 30th, so I’d best get on those, as they are quite hefty looking. I hope your week is going well and happy Thanksgiving to everyone. My Thanksgiving wish is that all the kids on the border trying to survive without their parents in a strange country, held against their will by our stupid administration, will be able to find a little hope and relief soon.